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Blue Crab Bowl

The Blue Crab Bowl is the Virginia regional competition for the National Ocean Science Bowl (or NOSB). The first NOSB competition was launched in 1998 by the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) to further its mission of supporting and expanding oceans sciences education during the International Year of the Ocean. Virginia's Blue Crab Bowl was among the inaugural NOSB competitions.

Each year, this event is made possible through the cooperative effort of faculty, staff and graduate students from both ODU and Virginia Institute for Marine Science. If you are interested in volunteering for the Blue Crab Bowl you can contact Dr Victoria Hill (vhill@odu.edu), or find me in my office (Room 343). Everyone is welcome we need volunteers ranging from experienced judges to novice room runners.

Selected by lottery, sixteen teams compete in the BCB in February of each year. Guided by their coaches, students broaden their awareness and understanding of the oceans. At the Bowl, two teams of four students each, go head to head in an academic quiz-bowl format. Competitors use a buzzer system to respond to rapid-fire multiple choice and short answer questions read by a Moderator. Additionally, teams work collectively to produce written answers to complex analytical questions. The Bowl offers students who excel in math and science a chance to receive regional and national recognition for their diligence and talent. The winning team from the Blue Crab Bowl goes on to face 24 other regional champions in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in April.

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If you are interested in competing or would like more information about how to form a team for the Blue Crab Bowl please e-mail Dr Victoria Hill (vhill@odu.edu), or go to http://web.vims.edu/BCB/?svr=www